The new artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Michelle Terry has announced her first season at the helm of the theatre. Terry takes over from previous AD Emma Rice, who announced she would be leaving the theatre in October 2016. She has announced she will introduce a new Globe ensemble, which will feature Terry and perform in a number of productions throughout the season, such as Hamlet and As You Like It.
Othello - Shakespeare's Globe
The republic of Venice employs General Othello, a self-made man and a Moor, to defend its overseas territories against the Turks. As the Turkish threat gathers and Venetian forces are despatched to Cyprus, the love Othello holds for his new wife becomes a raging, uncontrollable torrent. Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by Othello, exploits his General’s ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and overpowering jealousy.
Othello is an all too human story; marked by the domestic intimacy of a chamber piece, it has the feel of a relentless Greek tragedy.
The wasteland of death may be both Iago’s goal and his harvest, but the stage belongs to Othello, a man who loved perhaps unwisely and too well.